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• BRAZIL / July marathons
In July there were two great marathons in Brazil: the popular São Paulo and the fast Blumenau. Both confirmed their reputation. Blumenau marathon produced fast times with Rosa Jussara breaking the course record in 2:40.51. William Musyoki, from Kenya, won the men's race in 2:12.03, and Genílson Júnior was second in 2:13.00. São Paulo marathon had also a record: 8920 participants. It makes this marathon the bigger ever in Brazil. In the men's race another Kenyan victory with Stephen Rugut in 2:14.30. Brazilian Marizete Resende won the women's race in 2:38.58.
• GERMANY / World record holder meets Olympic champion
The organisers of the "Berlin Marathon" are proud to announce a special highlight: after the comittment of the Japanese Olympic champion Naoko Takahashi, the world record holder Tegla Loroupe is also set to run the German race. Tegla Loroupe has entered the world of marathoning with a stunning debut winning the "New York City Marathon" in 1994. She set her world record of 2:20.43 when winning in Berlin in 1999. This battle will have an almost historic dimension, since the last time, that a world record holder met the Olympic champion in a city marathon was in 1985 in Chicago, when the Olympic champion Joan Benoit Samuelson beat world record holder Ingrid Kristiansen. Besides the high quality of the field, the "Berlin Marathon" will also be another festival with more than 30,000 runners. No entries are accepted anymore.
• NETHERLANDS / The Marathon Eindhoven is coming up
The 18th "Marathon Eindhoven" is to be held next October 19th. This is a pretty classic and not highly crowded two-lap race. Anyhow, people as Franca Fiacconi (Italy) start giving it an international character. Good option if you cannot make it into the autumm giants such as New York or Chicago. Inscriptions and website available at www.marathoneindhoven.nl.
• FINLAND / The Helsinki City Marathon
The 21st "Helsinki City Marathon" was run on August 18th in warm, sunny and windy weather. There were 4623 finishers, which is more than ever before. Runners from 37 different countries crowded the streets of the capital of Finland. The winner was Daniel Komen Kipcheru from Kenya with the time of 2:18.43. He broke away from rest of the leading group at the 14th kilometer. Runner-up José Carcía (personal best 2:08.40 in 1998) from Spain finished fast, reaching finnish line 10 seconds after the Kenyan. In women's race, Russian Tatyana Zolotaryev was the winner, as last year. Among the finishers, there was the Italian Giuseppi Togni with the chip-time of 5:07.55. He started to run 26 years ago when his doctor advised him to do some exercise because of bad arthrosis: now, soon celebrating his 75th birthday, the Italian has run well over 500 marathons. The results of Helsinki City Marathon can be found at www.sul.fi/hcm/hcm2001/hcm/results.html. Source: Juoksija-lehti.
• NETHERLANDS / Trosloop half marathon
In case your programme does not go so far in running miles, as usual, whenever you live within 300 kms around the Netherlands. A half marathon, to be run partly on asphalted quiet roads and partly along a beachy cycling path. Very well organised and starting from Haarlem (northwest of the country). September 30th, 17th edition. www.trosloop.nl
• SPAIN / The double-marathon city
A hype has been created with this new one. Madrid, trying to get support for 2012 Olympics, organises for the first time a fall marathon. "Marathon Millenium Madrid" (www.milleniummarathonmadrid.com) is expecting to gather around 10.000 runners in an alternative to the spring event. Abel Anton and Martin Fiz will say good-bye to their professional career in this event.
• SPAIN / Downhill and green marathon
The "Valle del Nalon Marathon" (October 29th) is a marathon with prestige among runners. A downhill course in one of the valleys at Asturias (problems with Iaaf if you try to break your personal best down to 2:08). Ideal if you are travelling the north of Spain. Make a break in these mountains and enjoy the alpine landscape, and the family environment of a hidden region. Info and inscriptions at www.comarcanalon.org/km0
• SPAIN / Have you made plans for winter holidays?
"Madrid's San Silvestre", December 31st. The city gets dark and street lights mark the course. More than 5000 runners join for the last race of the year, some hours before the New Year's Eve big dinner and parties. A 10k crowded but fast one - if you fancy - from point to point. Two rows of crowds cheer you along the entire course. If you plan your Christmas in Spain, try to get in contact with a Madrid's runner. He'd be able to tell you how to enjoy this unique event. If not, send an email to Rtp Spain. Otherwise, look here for the 2000 edition: www.sansilvestre2000.com.
• ICELAND / Over 500 foreigners at the Reykjavík Marathon
A total of 2655 runners finished the "Reykjavík Marathon" this year including 505 foreign runners (the record before was 330) from 36 countries. Total of 204 runners finished the marathon distance which is a record, and this is the first year to break the 200. The temperature was between 13-16 °C, with strong wind from north and rain in the end of the race. In the marathon British Britta Homer won the women's, and Kenyan Bruce Kilulai the men's with a great competition against the other Kenyan Joseph Maina, classified with the same time (2:28.14). In the half marathon Martha Ernstsdóttir from Iceland won the women's, and Guttorm Sörensen, from the Faroe Islands, won men's (John Rotich was shown the wrong way, so he ran about 2000 extra meters). Results: (men) 2:28:14 Bruce Kilulai, 2:28:14 Joseph Maina, 2:51:23 Ingólfur Geir Gissurarson; (women) 3:13:41 Britta Homer, 3:14:44 Doris Windsand-Dausman, 3:30:36 Britta Soerensen; (half marathon men) 1:16:16 Guttorm Sörensen, 1:18:37 John Rotich, 1:18:52 Mike Nolan; (half marathon women) 1:20:06 Martha Ernstsdóttir, 1:27:22 Rannveig Oddsdóttir, 1:30:46 Samantha Tophill.
• CYPRUS / The Kolossi running festival
The "Kolossi Half Marathon & 10k Road Race" will be run in Limassol on Sunday December 2nd, 2001. Nationally both races are recognised as having the fastest courses, offering runners of all abilities the chance of personal best times. Kolossi is 14 kilometers West of Limassol, the island's largest seaside resort and the centre of the wine industry. The world famous Kolossi castle provides a unique historic location for the start and finish of both races. Runners will run through some spectacular scenery, with the shade of high cypress trees. The Half Marathon course will takes participants through the villages of Fasouri and Asomatos. British running clubs together with a number of individual runners have already registered in the race. Interest has also been expressed from other European countries including Germany, Holland, Austria, Belgium and Italy. Participation from Israel is expected to be very strong with a number of noted athletes. Runners from the British bases in Cyprus will be competing for their half marathon championships within the "Kolossi Half Marathon" 2001. Cypriot and United Nations runners have also begun training to participate in both races. All entries should be received by Monday November 19th, 2001. For further information and all enquiries write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
• AUSTRALIA / On the Olympic Games route
This year's "Flora Sydney Marathon" will take place on 28 October, and follow the same route established for the 2000 Olympic Games. Australia's Steve Moneghetti is supporting the event and helping others relive his memories of competing in a home country Olympic marathon, while the winner of the women's event, Japan's Naoko Takahashi, will be attending as race ambassador. Runners will follow the now famous blue-painted line past some of Sydney's most spectacular scenery, including the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Opera House, Centennial Park, Darling Harbour and Anzac Bridge, before finishing up at Homebush Olympic Park. The more dedicated marathon runners will also be joined by tens of thousands of fun runners, who will get the opportunity to follow a small part of the Olympic course in the 10km Sunday Telegraph Bridge Run. For entry details visit www.athletics.org.au or phone 1800 647 699.
• BRAZIL / Twentyone kilometers of beachfront running
August 26 marked the 5th running of the "International Rio de Janeiro half marathon", one of the largest road race in Brazil and boasting 21k of beachfront running! The course known for its exceptional beauty, attracted 11,350 participants, awesome spectator support, and an international line-up of elite athletes. Crossing the finish line first at 1:03.31 was Angolan Batista N'Tyamba and completing the podium were four Brazilians: Rômulo Wágner Silva (2nd), Manoel Teixeira (3rd) Elenílson da Silva (4th) and Daniel Lopes (5th). Brazilians dominated the first four positions of the women's division with Selma Reis crossing the finish line at 1:15.21. Following Selma were the Brazilians Maria Zeferina, Marizete Rezende ("São Paulo Marathon" winner), and Viviany Anderson. Fifth place was for the Polish Violetta Kryza ("Pittsburgh Marathon" winner). Source: www.copacabanarunners.net
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